Chambers County Sheriff Office Detective Paul Vest looks for evidence at the scene where a suspected home invasion took place in Winnie. Two men were shot with one dead inside the house. 

Homeowners shot two men apparently taking part in a home invasion in Winnie Monday afternoon. 

One man was killed and another was discovered wounded. Nine people are believed to have been involved in the incident. Detectives are actively attempting to identify all persons involved in the crime scene, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said. 

Hawthorne added his detectives believe the incident is a drug-related criminal episode. 

“At this time, the Beaumont Police Department have stopped, and apprehended, some of the persons of interest that fled the scene when the shooting occurred,” Hawthorne said.  

Those persons were not identified. 

The sheriff’s office became aware of the shooting Monday afternoon. 

Hawthorne said a 9-1-1 call came in about at 4:26 p.m. concerning a gunshot victim in Winnie.

The sheriff said a gunshot victim was discovered inside the home located in the 400 block of Elleby Avenue.

“Sheriff’s deputies responded to the home and discovered that there was another victim in the living room of the house,” Hawthorne said. “The deputies made contact with the home’s occupants, and they claimed that a group of men attempted to do a home invasion, so they shot two of the invaders.”

Hawthorne said the preliminary investigation revealed the two men were shot inside the home. 

“Detectives believe that there were three men in the home, two in the living room and one in the bedroom when a group of men rushed into the living room and assaulted one of the occupants of the home,” Hawthorne said. “Moments later, the occupant that was in the bedroom came out shooting at the men who were assaulting his roommate.”

After the shooting, Hawthorne said it was determined one of the men who was shot was dead in the living room. Life flight flew the other man to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

If you have any information that could help detectives, call 409-267-2500 or Chambers County Crime Stoppers at 844-860-8477.

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